CA County Supervisor Joins President for Landmark Health Bill Signing

When President Obama signed the landmark health bill in Washington, D.C. this morning, Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss was present at the invitation of the White House. Continue reading

Governor Signs Transportation Gas Tax Swap

Governor Schwarzenegger, satisfied with actions by the Legislature, signed the two-bill package that will bring significant change to how transportation is funded. Proposition 42 is no more. The repeal of the sales tax on gas, and thus Proposition 42, will be replaced by an equivalent amount of increase in the per gallon gas tax. Continue reading

Senate Rejects Wholesale Elimination of Vital Human Services Programs

The Senate heard the Governor’s ill-conceived trigger cut proposals today in Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3. After extensive public testimony, the Subcommittee voted to reject the Governor’s proposals to completely eliminate In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), CalWORKs, and Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+) for former foster youth. Read about CSAC’s testimony. Continue reading

9th Extraordinary Session?

The Legislature adjourned the Eighth Extraordinary Session last week. The remaining legislation on the Governor’s desk (AB X8 6 and AB X8 9) contains the transportation tax swap package. The Governor has sent a letter to legislative leaders expressing his plan to veto the measures as the special session expires this evening. Could there be a record-breaking ninth extraordinary session coming our way? Continue reading

Counties’ Unemployment Numbers Reach New Heights

While recent figures released by the State Controller’s Office show revenues are higher than projected, an alarming report on unemployment was released earlier this week. The numbers are startling:  The unemployment rate tops more than 20% in eight California counties. 

Take a look at some specific figures: Colusa, 27.4%; Imperial, 27.3%; Trinity, 25.8%. In other words, if you are walking down the street in Colusa, El Centro or Weaverville… Continue reading